It is not the easiest thing to send your little ones off to school be it preschool or school aged, but sending off your child who is learning to communicate, play and be a member of a school community can be even more difficult. This mom shares her heartfelt request for those who will care for and educate her daughter. It is a great message not just for preschool teachers but for teachers of all students who may struggle with keeping up with their peers.
Who doesn’t recognize “Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?” the familiar words to the theme song for Sesame Street? Since it’s beginning Sesame Street has been known for helping to teach ABCs, 123s, and other academic skills, such as vocabulary, math, and science. However they have also strived to help educate youngsters and their families about diversity, acceptance and inclusion of those with disabilities. In keeping with their promotion of disability awareness they are introducing a new character, Julia, that has Autism. At this time Julia is only featured in their online resources but will hopefully be making an appearance in their television show as well. Julia is part of an online initiative called “Sesame Street and Autism: See the Amazing in all Children”, that provides resources for viewers on the spectrum, as well as educates the general public about autism. Resources available on the Sesame Street and Autism website, http://autism.sesamestreet.org/, feature Muppet Abby, who in a series of short videos, introduces viewers to parents, siblings, friends, teachers and kids impacted by autism and celebrates their uniqueness.
The start of a new school year is a time of year filled with new experiences, friends, teachers and routines. For some student’s with autism all this newness can be difficult. Each new day may be met with sensory processing challenges, delays in language processing that impact communication and social skills that make understanding and following rules challenging. In Ellen Notbohm’s book, 10 Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew, she helps give children with autism a voice in explaining some of the characteristics that may impact their day. http://www.ellennotbohm.com/article-archive/ten-things-every-child-with-autism-wishes-you-knew/
Brian Friedlander (http://assistivetek.blogspot.com) just wrote an update on Crick Software’s Write Online 1.3. If you have not used this (or heard of it), it’s an online AT software program featuring word prediction and read aloud for students with writing difficulties. New features include “SoundsLike” word prediction for phonetic spellers. To read Friedlander’s notes, click http://assistivetek.blogspot.com/2009/04/crick-software-releases-writeonline-13.html. To visit the WriteOnline software site, click http://www.cricksoft.com/us/products/writeonline/